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|Proper name:||Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple|
|Architecture and culture|
|Primary deity:||Lord Hanuman|
|12th century by Pallava Nolamba kings|
Ardhagiri Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple (Telugu: అర్ధగిరి శ్రీ వీరాంజనేయ దేవస్థానము) is located one and a half km. up of the hill in Aragonda village, Chittor District, Andhra Pradesh, 15 km away from Kanipakam.
According to legend, during Tretayuga, Hanuman brought Sanjeeva Parvatham in order to save Lakshmana during a war when Lakshmana fell unconscious. During the journey, half of Sanjeeva Parvatham fell, and the place where it landed came is known as Aragonda. Aragonda, initially is called as Arakonda (In Telugu language, "Ara" (sounds A'raw)means 'Half' and "Konda" (sounds Kon'Da) means Hill or Mountain). With the time, the people changed their way of pronouncing this word "Arakonda" as "Aragonda" which is now the name of the village under this hill. This hill is famous with name "Ardhagiri" (Ardha means Half and Ge'ree means mountain). In Ardhagiri, it is believed that Sanjeevaraya Pushkarini (pond containing the holy water) never gets dried nor spoiled, even when kept for long periods of time. When devotees drink this theerham (or holy water) from the Sanjeevaraya Pushkarini, all types of diseases are getting cured.
Mr. Aragonda Ashok Reddy, Chairman of the above Ardhagiri Shree Veeranganeya Swamy Temple, is managing in further development and improvement of this ancient temple
Everyday, about 3-5 thousand devotees visit the temple and every month on the Pournami day, about 30,000 devotees come to the temple and stay there overnight.
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- Lord Hanuman at Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple in the "Holy Water" tank